Warzone best MP5 loadouts: Our MP5 class setup recommendations and how to unlock both MP5s explained

How to get the most out of both Modern Warfare and Cold War MP5s in Call of Duty: Warzone.

The MP5 is one of the deadlier close quarters weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone, and if one of them wasn't enough, there's actually two base variants of the weapon in the battle royale game - one from Black Ops: Cold War, the other Modern Warfare.

Warzone's Verdansk map is obviously massive, which you'll no doubt know by now if you've spent any time roaming the vast Ukraine-based map. Therefore, while the MP5 might be better suited for close range combat, there's a trick you can pull with the Perks in Warzone to carry a second primary weapon on your custom MP5 class, backing up for the SMG with a long range weapon.

In this complete guide to both versions of the SMG, we'll be walking you through the best MP5 loadouts from both Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War, as well as detailing what the best MP5 classes are.

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As well as our overall best Warzone weapons choices, if you're looking for other loadout recommendations, we have pages on the XM4, Krig 6, AUG and M16, and for owners of the latest Call of Duty game, our picks for the best guns in Black Ops: Cold War.

How to unlock Modern Warfare and Cold War MP5s in Warzone and which MP5 is the best

As we mentioned above, there's actually two variants of the MP5 in Call of Duty: Warzone.

One of these variants originates from Black Ops Cold War, while the other version is native to Warzone. Simply put, both weapons function the same, with rapid-firing rounds tearing through opponents at close range, albeit with some pretty hefty recoil to contend with.

The version that's native to the battle royale game, and has been there from day one, unlocks at the incredibly low level of 4, meaning you'll unlock the standard version of the MP5 in no time at all.

The Black Ops Cold War version of the MP5, which was only just added to Warzone in early December 2020, unlocks at the slightly higher level of 12, which is the weapon's unlock level in Treyarch's game.

Remember that you don't need to own a copy of Black Ops Cold War in order to get access to the game-specific variant of the weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone. So no matter which Call of Duty games you own, you'll be able to unlock two versions of the MP5 in very short order.

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The MP5 from Modern Warfare in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Best Modern Warfare MP5 loadout and attachments in Warzone

Just below, you can check out our choices for the best attachments to equip to the version of the MP5 that's native to Call of Duty: Warzone.

  • Monolithic Suppressor (Unlocks at level 20)
  • FSS Mini (Unlocks at level 43)
  • Operator Reflex Sight (Unlocks at level 2)
  • Stippled Grip Tape (Unlocks at level 48)
  • Operator Foregrip (Unlocks at level 55)

The build for the Modern Warfare-specific MP5 revolves around speed and mobility over anything else, letting you get the drop on your enemies in close quarters. Firstly, the Monolithic Suppressor is a must, cancelling out noise from your weapon and removing the enemy's ability to see your position on the minimap.

The FSS Mini can be a bit of a risky endeavour, since it prioritises speed and mobility over accuracy. If you're planning on fighting in close quarters though, it's speed that you want, and the FSS Mini can help with that. Similarly, the Operator Reflex Sight is excellent in close combat, and unlocks at an incredibly low level.

The Stippled Grip Tape might sacrifice a bit of stability, but it more than makes up for that in pure speed, letting you snap to aiming from standing still incredibly quickly. Finally, the Operator Foregrip concentrates on pulling vertical recoil under control, giving you some nice fire bonuses in close quarters.

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Modern Warfare's MP5 in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Best Modern Warfare MP5 class setup in Warzone

For our pick of the best equipment items and Perks you can equip to the Modern Warfare version of the MP5, look no further than the list below.

  • Perk 1: Kill Chain (Unlocks at level 34)
  • Perk 2: Overkill (Unlocks at level (8)
  • Perk 3: Tracker (Unlocks at level 51)
  • Secondary: AUG (Unlocks at level 28)
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor (Unlocks at level 30)
  • Lethal: Thermite (Unlocks at level 54)

The list you can see above consists of solid picks to back up the MP5, and it all starts with the Overkill Perk. This lets you carry a primary weapon in your Secondary slot, so equip the AUG as your Secondary weapon for some long-range firepower, and read up on our Warzone AUG guide for the best attachments to compliment the weapon.

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The AUG as a secondary weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Next, make sure you've got the Kill Chain Perk equipped, which increases your chances of finding Killstreaks in Supply Boxes, and round out the Perks with the Tracker option, letting you pinpoint nearby enemy locations via the footprints they leave on the ground.

The Heartbeat Sensor is an excellent option to go with any SMG in Call of Duty: Warzone, since it lets you pinpoint nearby enemy locations, of which there'll be plenty of you plan on playing aggressively while using an SMG.

Rounding out our picks of equipment to go alongside the MP5 is the Thermite grenade. This might not pack a punch, but it can be used to effectively stop enemy players moving over certain areas, perfect if you want to box players in during close quarters firefights.

Best Cold War MP5 loadout and attachments in Warzone

As for the Black Ops Cold War version of the MP5, you can refer to the bullet-pointed list below for the best attachments to equip to the SMG.

  • Sound Suppressor (Unlocks at level 20)
  • Diamondback Reflex (Unlocks at level 37)
  • Collapsed Stock (Unlocks at level 19)
  • Dropshot Wrap (Unlocks at level 18)
  • Foregrip (Unlocks at level 6)

The Sound Suppressor, or any form of Suppressor for that matter, is a must-have for SMGs in Call of Duty games. The Sound Suppressor gives the MP5 some much-needed control, as well as concealing your shots from enemy radar.

The Diamondback Reflex is a great option for the MP5's optics, increasing the weapon's range while giving you a clear line of sight. Don't worry if you're not quite at the required level to unlock this attachment though, because the Microflex LED and Kobra Red Dot sights are two great backup options for optics.

For the stock on the MP5, we prefer the Collapsed Stock, due to its added sprint to fire time bonus for the weapon. If you're someone that prefers sliding around corners and bombarding enemies while you're on your knees though, you might want to consider the Duster Stock as an alternative option here.

It's a tough choice between the Dropshot Wrap and the SASR Jungle Grip for the MP5's rear grip option, but we prefer the former option due to it giving you more flinch resistance without compromising on any other stats, like the SASR Jungle Grip does for the sprint to fire time.

We like to keep things simple and go with the Foregrip option for the underbarrel attachment on the MP5. This option gives a great boost to horizontal recoil control, but if you're really struggling to get the weapon's recoil under control, then you might want to consider the Field Agent Grip, which is unlocked at the higher level of 41.

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Our MP5 Gunsmith in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Black Ops - Cold War integration is here! Read up on the Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass skins, how to play on Rebirth Island, the best Warzone weapons and explainers on the best AUG loadout, best Krig 6 loadout, best MP5 loadout, best M16 loadout and best XM4 loadout. You can also read up on our Warzone tips and tricks, list of best Warzone guns, and how to get the best Grau loadout, best MP7 loadout, best Kilo loadout, best M4A1 loadout and the best M13 loadout.


Best Cold War MP5 class setup in Warzone

If you're wondering about which Perks, equipment items, and more to bring along with the Black Ops Cold War version of the MP5, see our list below.

  • Perk 1: Kill Chain (Unlocks at level 34)
  • Perk 2: Overkill (Unlocks at level (8)
  • Perk 3: Tracker (Unlocks at level 51)
  • Secondary: AUG (Unlocks at level 28)
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor (Unlocks at level 30)
  • Lethal: Thermite (Unlocks at level 54)

Since the MP5 isn't exactly known for its ranged firepower, you'll want to use Perk slot two to equip Overkill, which lets you carry a primary weapon in your Secondary slot. Then, put the AUG as your Secondary weapon, and head over to our Warzone AUG guide to read up on the best attachments to equip to your backup gun.

Elsewhere, you'll definitely want the handy Kill Chain Perk equipped, as it increases your chances of stumbling upon Killstreaks in Supply Boxes scattered around the Verdansk map. Rounding out the Perks should be Tracker, perfect for hunting down foes in close quarters using their footprints.

Similarly, the Heartbeat Sensor is an excellent choice for your Tactical equipment slot, since it pinpoints enemy locations within a 50 meter radius around you. Finally, equip the Thermite grenade as your Lethal equipment, which is great for stopping enemy players moving into a certain area while you're busy pushing up on them.

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The Overkill Perk in Call of Duty: Warzone.

If you need a hand with Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone, you can read how to get the best Grau loadout, best MP7 loadout, best Kilo loadout, best M4A1 loadout and the best M13 loadout.

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